The cranes are flying

The cranes are flying

(Letyat zhuravli)

DVD - 2002 | Russian
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Dramatization of love and disloyalty during World War II.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, c2002
Description: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780780025684
0780025687
Branch Call Number: DVD Cran

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klemens82
Apr 17, 2015

A very moving story, loved the simple and elegant camera sequences as well.

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Nursebob
Jan 17, 2015

Striking use of light and composition coupled with an intelligent script lift this film far above the usual war-time weeper and turn it into a piercing study of the human heart. Kalatozov uses the camera as an artist uses his brush, treating us to some of cinema’s more amazing sequences.....an attempted seduction during a night-time air raid; a dying soldier’s vision of the wedding he’ll never have; a woman quietly grieving her dead lover in the midst of a joyous crowd....the list continues, and it is impressive. Free from the overt government propaganda of earlier Soviet films and staunchly avoiding maudlin sentimentality, “The Cranes are Flying” remains a powerful and mature work fifty years after it was first released.

RustyRook Jun 09, 2012

The movie succeeds because it does what it does very simply and well. Still, there's some flair in the cinematography - Squirrel really earns her name the way she does. Some of the best scenes in the movie are ones with the characters in motion. There's also whimsy in places, but the actors carry those scenes easily.

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jonnybroom
Oct 07, 2009

What a marvelous creation: poetic, heart-breaking, original, visually arresting. It deals with people making difficult choices in difficult times.

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klemens82
Apr 17, 2015

klemens82 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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